Hotels have become a dangerous place to venture for basketball players.
Boston Celtics big man Fab Melo was recently concussed after walking into a hotel door. And now comes the story of how UNC Greensboro leading scorer Trevis Simpson suffered an ankle injury while walking through a hotel lobby.
From The Dagger:
Bleary-eyed after waking up from an pregame nap as he walked through the lobby of a Raleigh hotel on Monday on his way to the team meal, Simpson got startled when he walked too close to the entranceway and the automatic door swung open.
"I just stopped suddenly because I thought I was going to be in the path of somebody else, and I was going to let them through," Simpson said. "Once I realized nobody was there, I tried to keep walking, I heard a pop in my ankle and it started burning and aching. It was then that I realized something wasn't right."
Simpson was forced to miss Monday's game against North Carolina State after an MRI revealed several overstretched tendons in his ankle. His Spartans wound up suffering an 89-68 defeat.
"They know I'm the type of guy who will try to play through anything," Simpson said. "For something like that to happen and we're playing NC State, who's nationally ranked, they realize it must have been something serious."
Simpson, who ranks 15th in the country in points per game (20.3), was back in the starting lineup for Saturday's affair against Davidson.